“So. I’m a teenager and I wrote a book. And not just any book. A book about feminism. What kind of obviously pretentious and generally ridiculous teen does that?”
This excerpt comes directly from the first page of Julie Zeilinger’s book, A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word. From girls’ anxiety over body image to sex trafficking and female genital mutilation, the book details issue after issue that women face in the world today. With women constantly up against double standards, rampant sexism, and outright abuse, Zeilinger argues that feminism is the solution.
[DISPATCHES] This Month, Students Massed Against Stop-and-Frisk, Won on Title IX and Scared Off Tom Corbett
by StudentNation | The Nation
Last spring, The Nation launched its biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts ten first-person updates on student and youth organizing in the United States—from established student unions to emerging national networks, to ad hoc campaigns that don’t yet have a name. For an archive of earlier editions, check out the New Year’s dispatch.
1. As Strike Waters Heat Up, Portland Students Walk Out
In early January, the Portland Student Union held three days of action in support of the Portland Association of Teachers in its current contract negotiations. Jefferson and Wilson High School students walked out, while Cleveland High School student union members held three days of speakouts. Overall, more than 300 students participated in the days of action. On January 13, the demonstrations culminated in a school board rallywith 500 students, parents and workers. At the board meeting, the PDXSU presented “The Schools Portland Students Demand,” a set of priorities that students see as vital to their education.
—Portland Student Union
2. After Months of Student Pressure, Obama Acts on Title IX
Ed Act Now, the movement for better federal enforcement of Title IX, was thrilled by President Obama’s January 22 announcement of a new task force to combat campus sexual violence. After garnering public support through a protest and online petition, student organizers met with White House officials in July to discuss their ideas. Ed Act Now is encouraged to see many of its proposals—including stricter enforcement of existing laws and greater federal transparency—included in a public memo outlining the task force’s plans. Activists are now working to ensure that the task force calls on a diversity of survivor voices—crossing lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, type of educational institution and form of violence suffered—to inform the White House’s investigations.
—Ed Act Now
Emmanuel Bishop is a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome, who plays the violin and speaks English, Spanish, French and Latin. He is an ambitious young man, who lets nothing stand in the way of his dreams. Down syndrome occurs when an individuals has ‘a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.